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When it comes to installing a fence, the importance of neighborly relationships can’t be overstated.

Just like the feuds between the Hatfields and McCoys or the star-crossed love affair of Romeo and Juliet, fences have a knack for highlighting boundary lines and testing human cooperation.

But unlike these dramatic tales, your fencing saga doesn’t have to end in tragedy or ongoing strife. With a bit of wisdom and practical solutions, you can ensure that your fencing project is smooth and amicable.

Who Pays for It?

The question of who pays for the fence is often the first battleground in the fencing frontier.

When you have three adjoining neighbors, it’s not as simple as a 50/50 split.

The best advice?

Don’t expect any money from your neighbors.

You can talk to them, and if they decide they want to pitch in, great. According to some sources, studies show that less than 2% actually will.

So if you get shot down, realize you are in the 98% majority.

You must also learn about the different residential fences available in the market —they come in different shapes and styles.

Learning this will help you know what’s best for you and your budget.

Again, expect nothing—be grateful for everything.

Following HOA Guidelines

Living in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA) brings its own set of guidelines and regulations.

Ignoring these rules can lead to fines, forced removals, and general neighborly disdain.

Before you even think about purchasing materials, check with your HOA.

They often have specific requirements regarding fence height, material, and even color.

Ensuring compliance not only avoids potential conflicts but also keeps the neighborhood aesthetically cohesive.

Think of it as the HOA’s way of making sure the neighborhood looks like a well-curated Pinterest board rather than a chaotic DIY reality show.

Handling the Unruly Neighbors

Now, let’s talk about that unruly neighbor who refuses to cooperate.

Think of them as the Montague to your Capulet.

Patience and communication are key.

Arrange a friendly meeting to discuss the benefits of the new fence.

Emphasize privacy, security, and the aesthetic upgrade to their property value.

If diplomacy fails, you might need to consult legal advice or local ordinances that govern property improvements and neighbor disputes.

And if all else fails, maybe consider a part-time job as a diplomat.


Empire Fence will not get involved in third-party disputes.

More than likely, nor will any other fence company.

That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to your neighbors.

After all, when it’s all said and done, it’s you who has to live next door to them.

Boundaries, Property Lines, and Legal Rights

Understanding and respecting property lines is crucial.

The classic tale of the Hatfields and McCoys underscores the chaos that ensues when boundaries are disputed.

If property pins cannot be located or boundaries identified clearly through the use of plot plans, then it might be absolutely necessary to get a surveyor to mark the exact property lines.

This step prevents encroachments and future legal disputes.


Familiarize yourself with local fencing laws, as they often outline the rights and responsibilities of property owners regarding boundary fences.

Think of this step as drawing the battle lines—only without the actual battle, hopefully.

Creative Solutions for Tricky Situations

Sometimes, the situation calls for a bit of creativity.

Consider the tree that sits ambiguously on the property line.

The elderly neighbor, attached to the tree for sentimental reasons, doesn’t want it cut down, even though it’s caused the fence to collapse.

In such scenarios, a solution that respects both nature and neighborly sentiment is essential.

Building Around Obstacles

Consider environmental aspects.

Discuss the importance of environmental sustainability in fence construction.

Highlight eco-friendly materials and construction practices that enhance the neighborhood’s aesthetic appeal and contribute to a greener and more sustainable living environment for all residents.

You may construct the new fence around the tree.

This compromise saves the tree and the fence, ensuring both the environment and you are happy.

It’s like giving the tree a big wooden hug.

Shared Agreement and Maintenance

If the tree’s roots are causing structural issues, propose a shared maintenance agreement.

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Regular care can prevent future damage without removing the tree.

After all, a tree with sentimental value is worth a bit of teamwork.

Aside from tree root problems, maintaining your fence goes beyond its initial construction—it’s a commitment to preserving its integrity and beauty over time.

One must learn tips on prolonging the fence life, especially with wood fences.

Regular upkeep, including inspections, repairs, and cleaning, is essential to safeguard the structural stability of your fence and enhance its visual appeal.

By staying proactive with maintenance tasks, such as treating wood against decay or addressing rust on metal fencing, you ensure your fence’s longevity and contribute to a safer and more attractive environment for your community.

Building on Your Side

When faced with multiple neighbors wanting different types of fences—chain-link, wood privacy, vinyl—and you don’t like any of those options, consider building within your own property line and putting up what you want.

For example, if you want a custom wooden fence with cap and trim, you can do just that within your property boundaries.

Problem solved.

Professional Mediation

When emotions run high, a professional mediator can help find a solution that respects both parties’ wishes.

Think of them as the referees in this neighborhood fencing match.

Conclusion: Fencing Peacefully

In the end, installing a fence doesn’t have to be a tale of woe and conflict.

With clear communication, respect for legal boundaries, and a bit of creativity, you can ensure that your fence becomes a symbol of cooperation rather than conflict.

Remember, the goal is to build a barrier for privacy and security, not a wall between relationships.

Embrace the wisdom and practical solutions in the process and aim for solutions that bring neighbors closer, even if it means navigating the occasional unruly Montague.

Expect nothing, be grateful for everything, and enjoy the peace and privacy of your new fence.

The saying “Good fences make good neighbors” is true.

Once you’ve cleared this phase of fence planning, prepare to learn the next phase which is the process of fence installation.

Let Empire Fence help you work within your boundaries to create that perfect fence.